The healthcare sector is entering a new phase of unprecedented change. If the ambitions of DHSC’s vision for the future of healthcare and the NHS Long-Term Plan are realised, we will have a radically different, technologically-enabled NHS in the not-so-distant future.
A big part of this is the shift to the use of connected devices. Clinicians and other NHS staff are increasingly benefiting from mobile devices and apps; whilst devices from asthma inhalers to scanners are becoming connected devices.
A challenge for the healthcare sector, however, is in securely managing all of the different end-points and data that greater connectivity brings. Security researchers in the past have, for example, hacked medical devices such as pacemakers through exploiting vulnerabilities due to poor encryption and authentication practices.
Whilst IoT security is a challenge for a range of different sectors, in healthcare the stakes can be far higher. The May 2017 Wannacry attack affected more than 1,000 pieces of diagnostic equipment in the NHS, including MRI scanners and blood test analysis devices; highlighting the critical need for the NHS to step up efforts with cyber security so that every possible protection is taken to defend against a future attack.
This session will explore the different ways in which healthcare professionals can utilise the benefits of IoT whilst still protecting patients and their data.
Dr Sam Shah, Director of Digital Development, NHS England
Roger Neal, Technical Services Manager, Sophos